Moving to Hitchin, Hertfordshire? What you need to know

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Moving to Hitchin, Hertfordshire - What you need to know

So you are thinking of moving to Hitchin in Hertfordshire? You've found some estate agents and they have told you what you wanted to hear. You've read some speil by a local councillor who says that Hitchin is on the up an up? Now it's time for a bit of reality. Cold hard statistics culled from the Police, the Indices of Deprivation and the latest census. Is Hitchin the land of milk and honey or are Arlesey, Letchworth and Stevenage a lot better? Time to find out.

Crime in Hitchin

Using the latest Police street crime figures for the month of August 2020 we have compiled a table of the most voilent Policing areas in and around Hitchin. Naturally the more urban and more central areas will have a higher rate of crime, but often you can be surprised when that is not the case and that is the area you want to move to.

Polcing Area Voilent Crimes
Hitchin 42
Walsworth 42
Ickleford 35
Oakfield 27
Hitchin Hill 27
Hiz 23
St Ippollitts 13
Great Wymondley 9
Gosmore 9
Charlton 3

The English Indices of Deprivation also has crime statistics for Hitchin. These statitics are published by the government every 2-3 years. They are a measure of how likely you are to be a victim of personal or material crime in an area, such as muggings or burglary. We've collated an average rank for all the Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in each ward in and around Hitchin. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst.

Ward Average rank in England
Hitchin Oughton (Best) 11498/32845
Letchworth Wilbury 17756/32845
Letchworth South West 18428/32845
Cadwell 19623/32845
Hitchin Bearton 19689/32845
Hitchin Priory 21567/32845
Symonds Green 22928/32845
Hitchin Highbury 23183/32845
Hitchin Walsworth 26023/32845
Chesfield (Worst) 26432/32845
Reader Opinion:

Bedford - get ready for the nice smell of strong urine

Your Health in Hitchin

If you are thinking of moving to Hitchin, you want to know if the place is likely to put you on a downward spiral of ill health. We've taken the healh question from the latest census to find out and how Hitchin compares to its neighbouring local authorities. People were asked to rate their current health from very bad to very good;

Local Authority Very Bad Bad Fair Good Very Good
Luton 1.2% 3.73% 12.44% 36.07% 46.56%
Central Bedfordshire 0.84% 3.02% 11.48% 35.52% 49.15%
North Hertfordshire (Hitchin) 0.81% 3.11% 11.77% 34.11% 50.19%

The English Indices of Deprivation also has health statistics for Hitchin. They measures the risk of premature death and the impairment of quality of life through poor physical or mental health, lovely! We've collated an average rank for all the Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in each ward in and around Hitchin. The table below shows ten wards in this area, from the best to the worst;

Ward Average rank in England
Symonds Green (Best) 16699/32845
Hitchin Oughton 19693/32845
Letchworth Wilbury 21225/32845
Hitchin Walsworth 25021/32845
Chesfield 25262/32845
Letchworth South West 25288/32845
Hitchin Bearton 27801/32845
Hitchin Highbury 28433/32845
Cadwell 29246/32845
Hitchin Priory (Worst) 29783/32845
Reader Opinion:

Sleezy old Letchworth. Dear oh dear!

Deprivation in Hitchin

Using the English Indices of Deprivation statistics, we've collated the average Index of Multiple Deprivation rank of all the LSOAs in the wards in and around Hitchin. In layman's terms, this is how rough the ward is based on mutiple measures of deprivation including; employment, income, health, crime, housing and outside space.

Ward Average rank in England
Symonds Green (Best) 15631/32845
Hitchin Oughton 16285/32845
Letchworth Wilbury 17913/32845
Cadwell 20128/32845
Letchworth South West 24500/32845
Hitchin Walsworth 25102/32845
Chesfield 25620/32845
Hitchin Bearton 26882/32845
Hitchin Highbury 29214/32845
Hitchin Priory (Worst) 29829/32845

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  1. Bedford – get ready for the nice smell of strong urine

    Bedford – get ready for the nice smell of strong urine

  2. Sleezy old Letchworth. Dear oh dear!

    Sleezy old Letchworth. Dear oh dear!

  3. Stevenage is a town where you keep your head down when walking

    Stevenage is a town where you keep your head down when walking